Whether you’re a freshman or living it up as a second semester senior, when you hear the phrase “date party” come out of the social chair’s mouth at chapter, a plethora of thoughts start to rush through your mind. When’s the date? What’s the theme? Do I have clinical that day or obligations the next morning? Who do I take? Could my new dress from Charlotte Russe that I bought because I just had to have it finally be put to use? If you love to be the life of the (date) party or if you’re on the fence about attending, here are some of the recurring thoughts that always seem to run through a sorority girls head pre-date party:
1. Who Do I invite?
If you have a boyfriend, it’s as simple as sending a text reading: “Hey, Feb. 12 is our date party. Wear red!”
If you’re single, finding a date can sometimes turn into a panic of who to ask. Should you be bold and ask that guy in your physics class? Or do you reach out to your bff from home that goes to school in Iowa and try to convince her to come spend the weekend? Either way, it’s nerve-wracking to try to secure a date, which usually leads to you signing up last minute- sorry social chair! But in the end, you know you will have a great time with your sisters and your date- regardless if you bring that new crush or your best friend from home.
2. What do I wear?
On the plus side, it’s a reason to get all dressed up and wear heels- which we all know means endless photo shoot sessions until you find that perfect Instagram pic!
However, it also means that you have to put in the effort to get dressed up and wear heels….Or do you?
3. What if I dress to theme?
There are pros and cons to dressing to theme. A pro to dressing to theme is that you don’t have to wear heels- and that is always the most convincing option. You could show up in a pair of jeans and a festive shirt and call it a day! However…
A con to dressing to theme is that you don’t have the excuse to buy a new dress or a new pair of heels, or in most cases…both! Everyone loves an excuse to go shopping, and a date party could be your reason to whip out your paycheck and give yourself a little reward! So here’s the question you must ask yourself; do you buy a new red dress or do you just want to be comfortable and dress up as cupid for the Valentine’s Day theme?
4. How much time do I need to get ready?
x- Earring that I borrowed from my roommate
x- Shaved legs for the first time in 2 weeks
It’s finally Friday! Classes are over and you totally aced that pop quiz in math! And you still have 4 whole hours until you need to be ready. So now what? You’re check list is completed, so you reward yourself with one episode of Orange Is The New Black. But lets face it, Netflix is dangerous- especially to binge watchers, so one episode turns into three and the next thing you know you only have an hour to get ready. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us and no matter how hard we all may try, we always seem to underestimate how long it really takes us to get ready for date parties. Plus, I’m pretty sure that anytime I actually try to put in effort, it takes 5x longer because it’s as if I become an amateur at everything! These are also the times I ask myself why false lashes were invented…
No matter what happens the days leading up to the date party, the end result it always the same. Outfits were planned out, thrown out, and re-worked. Hair was straightened, curled, and put half up only to be left all down. An Instagram photo was posted and your phone is blowing up with notifications. And the best part of all, you made it to the venue! Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is playing as you walk in and you dart to a table to put down your purse before immediately hitting the dance floor (minus the heels). All the stress of doing your nails, hair, make up and planning your outfit doesn’t matter anymore because you are surrounded by 130 of your best friends. You’ll dance, eat, and make epic Snapchat stories and let’s face it, you always have a great time with your Gamma Phi Beta sisters.